Hunters bagged more than 150,000 deer in 2013

Local - 1/16/2014 9:30 AM by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - West Virginia hunters bagged 150,268 white-tailed deer during the recent antlerless, muzzleloader, archery, and youth deer seasons.

Division of Natural Resources Director Frank Jezioro said the total harvest for 2013 was 14% above 2012's. 

The antlerless deer harvest, which includes the youth season, resulted in 57,350 kills. That's 28% higher than the year prior and 24% above the five year average of 46,105.  Top counties included Monroe County which came in ninth place with 1,689 bagged deer.

The 2013 muzzleloader harvest was up 37% from 2012 with 7,316 deer, but that was 2.5% below the five year average.  Top counties included Nicholas County in fourth place with 247, Fayette County in sixth place with 232, Greenbrier County in seventh place with 219 deer.

Bow hunters brought in 28,574 deer, which was 11% above 2012 and 6% higher than the five year average.  Top counties included Wyoming County in third place with 953, Raleigh County in fourth with 875, Fayette County in seventh with 796, and Nicholas County in tenth place with 738.

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